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Terps get Wiley but it doesn’t fix the problem

Dion Wiley is a very good perimeter offensive player but don't write the Terps into the NCAA tournament just because he'll be on the roster.

Dion Wiley is a very good perimeter offensive player but don’t write the Terps into the NCAA tournament just because he’ll be on the roster.

Congratulations to Mark Turgeon. It really is a great job on his part that he landed one of the top 2014 High School prospects and one of the premier perimeter scoring threat when Dion Wiley committed to Maryland a few days ago and while that commitment gives Terp fans reason to rejoice but college basketball is a game won by point guards and in that area Maryland is still behind.

Do you find it any coincidence that Maryland made the NCAA tournament three out of four years when Greivis Vasquez, who is no starting in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, was running the show but have been invited to only one post season, the NIT last year, since he graduated.

From 1994 to 2004 the Terps made the tournament ever single year and even won a championship with Steve Blake, who has been in the NBA for 10 seasons, running the show. Then in 2005 and 2006 after James Gilchrist graduated and the team was left with no legitimate point guard Maryland watched the NCAA tournament from home.

College teams need a good point guard to be successful, at this point that is pretty much just fact and Maryland just doesn’t have what they need there.

Now it is not like they have not tried to get a point guard. They were on the verge of getting Sam Cassell, Jr. before he opted to go to a junior college and Andrew Harrison had Maryland in his final three before choosing to go to Kentucky. Nate Britt went to North Carolina instead, Frank Mason picked Kansas and Devon Hall committed to Virginia.

Maryland has been in the conversation for top-notch point guard recruits but they have not been able to land them.

Incoming freshman Roddy Peters is ranked at the nations No. 12 point guard recruit of his class but he is not a great athlete and is viewed as more of a combo guard or defensive guy, not the best pure point guard.

Maybe he will turn into a good floor general and lead the Terps to the NCAA tournament but until they get set at that important position they’ll likely struggle to earn and opportunity to go dancing.

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